Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

2012 projects

Infrastructure support

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Infrastructure Support

Project leads: Dave Caress, John Ryan
Project manager: John Ryan

This project coordinates institute-wide AUV operations and data management, including mission planning, software development, science data processing, data archiving, dissemination, and preparation of results for publication.

Division of Marine Operations Support

Project manager: Chris Grech

This project allows the institute to estimate the resource allocation and track the usage of shared resources (engineering time, machine shop time, etc.) required to operate and upgrade its major marine assets: moorings, vessels, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

Coastal Vessel Conversion

Project leads: Peter Brewer, Kevin Gomes
Project manager: Chris Grech

In 2012 MBARI will retire the R/V Point Lobos and the R/V Zephyr and consolidate operations of those two vessels into a new coastal vessel, the R/V Rachel Carson. This project will capture the labor and anticipated cost involved in the refitting of the R/V Rachel Carson.

Support Engineering Upgrades

Project lead: Rich Schramm
Project manager: Kevin Gomes

Data gathered by MBARI’s vessels, platforms, and instruments are fundamental to numerous research programs and for enhancing scientific understanding of the ocean. In addition to ship and wireless communications issues to be addressed, support engineering staff will team up with the Information Systems group to upgrade critical hardware and software.

Mooring Maintenance

Project leads: Francisco Chavez, Craig Dawe, Kevin Gomes
Project manager: Mike Kelley

This project will use shared engineering time based on historical needs for the operation of MBARI’s institutionally supported moorings, including the new hybrid M2 mooring developed in collaboration with the National Data Buoy Center. Data from the moorings are utilized by a number of MBARI scientists as well as many externally-funded projects and institutions and organizations.

Last updated: Mar. 07, 2012